It’s a familiar scenario. I get a phone call from a woman seeking advice because she’s tired of being overlooked and passed over for promotions. She feels stuck and powerless. Since I started my coaching practice in 2007, I’ve heard countless stories of frustration from professional women who have a strong work ethic and excellent performance and can’t figure out what more they need to do to get promoted.

“Why can’t I get ahead?”

“It must be the workplace culture.”

“It must be my manager who doesn’t advocate for me or know my value.”

 “It must be gender bias; men are getting promoted faster.”

Certainly, there are many workplace obstacles for women and valid reasons to explain why women aren’t getting ahead.

But here’s the reality: We still haven’t accepted the fact that it takes more than our hard work and great performance to get promoted. It also takes political savvy.

Read the full article on